It's hard to find time for things at work that don't demand instant attention. Nurturing your workforce is one of the most difficult, but it can pay dividends if you do it right, and kill your organization is you don't.
Both employers and employees can easily fall into a habit of taking each other for granted. It's almost always a mistake. Good jobs and good workers are never easy to replace.
Both parties need a plan to avoid this pitfall, starting with an effort to realistically value what they have.
As an employer, you have the power to create a critical mass event in your organization and tailor it to fit your specific needs. The trick is to get as many people affected by the issue involved as possible.
Nepotism is a word that gets bandied about a lot. But simply hiring a relative isn't necessarily wrong. Many small businesses or organizations thrive with this model. The key is how you operate. The word to watch isn't necessarily "nepotism," it's "favoritism."
Human nature makes it easy to preach one thing and do another. The reasons are so obvious and logical—to you. To everyone else, including your employees, it looks like something else and sends a message you may not like.
"Outside" incidents aren't necessarily outside the concern of employers. Everything from corporate identity to the morale of other workers can be affected by troubling behavior that occurs beyond the workplace.
When you are dealing with staff in a business or organization, keep in mind that if it's not written down, then it didn't happen. As far as the law and regulation is concerned, you must document your actions.
Personnel management comes in two flavors. There's the relatively easy stuff like insurance and vacations that you need to do. Then there is "Mess Management" that can make or break your company. Here are a few examples of what I'm talking about.
Terminating an employee is serious business. Done poorly, it can result in the worker returning with a lawyer...or a gun. Even the loss of morale by remaining workers can be involved if this important step is mishandled.
After more than 35 years of "mess management" and working with organizations to solve their crises in everything from sexual harrassment to federal regulations, Steve Cohen is a trusted HR specialist of the highest level. Worked up at work uses real-life examples to provide owners, managers, directors and others to navigate today's increasingly complex world of personnel and organizational management.